'''Sir James George Frazer'''
(; 1 January 1854 – 7 May 1941), was a Scottish social anthropologist
influential in the early stages of the modern studies of mythology
and comparative religion
[Mary Beard, "Frazer, Leach, and Virgil: The Popularity (and Unpopularity) of the Golden Bough," ''Comparative Studies in Society and History'', '''34'''.2 (April 1992:203–224).]
He is often considered one of the founding fathers of modern anthropology.
His most famous work, ''The Golden Bough
'' (1890), documents and details the similarities among magical and religious beliefs around the globe. Frazer posited that human belief progressed through three stages: primitive magic, replaced by religion, in turn replaced by science.